Category: Baby Gear

Best Sleep Trainer Clock: MELLA by Little Hippo Review

OK listen up because you are NOT going to want to miss this. If there was ever an item that I didn’t think I needed but can’t believe I didn’t get sooner and will never be able to live without again, it’s the MELLA. (Whew, that was a mouthful but if you didn’t understand what I wrote, go back and read it again, it’s been that life-changing for me.)

I was lucky enough to get my hands on two sleep trainer clocks to review for Max and Alexa. Good thing I received two because the kids were in love with the clocks the second they saw it. At least I didn’t have deal with them fighting over who would get to keep it in his/her room.

The MELLA is an adorable sleep trainer clock, with a happy little smile, that has a lot of other functions that I care less about because the sleep trainer function is worth its weight in gold.


If you think I am exaggerating then you are not a parent. And if you are a parent that hasn’t dealt with any sleep issues then your children are abnormal.

So a little about the clock’s other functions before I talk about why I am so in love with the MELLA. Look at picture below.

Now, that the other functions are out of the way, let’s get down to business.


Comfort Design Play Mat Review

This is a sponsored post. Nonetheless, this post is 100% my honest opinion. You can read about my disclosure policy hereAs a result of my research and the popularity of my non-toxic play mat guide, I’ve inadvertently become a non-toxic play mat “expert.”

Which is only to say that I’ve had the privilege of being able to test and compare many different play mats. I always enjoy sharing when I’ve found a new play mat that makes my guide because the more options you have, the more likely you will find the best fit for your family.

Enter Linda from Comfort Design Mat. She offered to send me a play mat for testing and after asking some preliminary questions, I gladly accepted.

At a minimum, I need to know that the play mat has been tested for and/or is free of flame-retardants, formamide, formaldehyde, VOCs and azo dyes.


Product Spotlight: MELLA by Little Hippo

This is a sponsored post. Nonetheless, this post is 100% my honest opinion. You can read about my disclosure policy here

UPDATE: The MELLA has since been successfully funded and you can read my in-depth review about it here!

Ever since I first heard about MELLA by Little Hippo, I’ve been super excited about this product.

I actually signed up to receive information about when it would launch on Kickstarter – something I’ve never done before.

MELLA is basically a sleep trainer (with a lot of other cool features but the sleep trainer part is what I care about the most!) What that means is that you can set MELLA for your desired wake up time. Thirty minutes prior it will glow yellow and then, at the proper wake up time, it will glow green.

The idea is that you can tell your angel child not to get out of bed or start screaming like a banshee until he/she sees a green light.

Alexa, our own sweet angel darling, has woken up screaming for us before 7AM every single day of her blessed life.

As such, I have already been searching for a sleep trainer so that my husband and I could, maybe, get an extra hour of sleep. (We are NOT morning people and were spoiled by Max who usually sleeps until 7:30AM.) But the real reason I could never bring myself to buy one is that I’m a sucker for aesthetics and I just couldn’t justify spending money (sleep trainers are expensive) on one of the ugly sleep trainers on the market. (Yes, that’s the truth. I’m ashamed to admit it but there it is.)

Luckily I waited because when I saw the simple, clean and adorable sleep trainer by Little Hippo, I was immediately intrigued!

The best part is that, on top of being a sleep trainer, MELLA has a few other useful functions. White noise is a must-have for my family and I really love that MELLA combines the white noise sounds with a sleep trainer, alarm clock, and nightlight.


Best Toddler & Preschooler Shoes: PLAE Shoes Review

I’ve been meaning to write a review for PLAE shoes for years at this point. That’s how long I’ve loved them and how long I’ve personally recommended this brand of shoes to friends and acquaintances.

I don’t know why I haven’t written a review in all that time, but it’s definitely long overdue.

I am a big advocate of flexible soles in footwear for pre-walkers and young children. I’ve featured baby moccasins several times on my blog, for that very reason. But, as kids get older, they need more protection and support from their footwear.

However, flexible soles still remain essential to healthy foot development. Not to mention that, with the amount of running, jumping, and climbing that kids do, flexible soles allow them to stay connected with the ground or surface they are climbing on.

Ever since Max graduated from moccasins, I have only bought PLAE sneakers and boots for him to wear. We are on our 4th or 5th pair at this point.

ty the sneaker

So, why do I love this brand of shoes so much?!


The Ultimate Breastfeeding Gear Guide

I am grateful that I was able to have a breastfeeding relationship with both my children. I nursed Max until he was 8 months old and I’m still nursing Alexa at almost a year. Throughout that period, I’ve used a lot of different gear and equipment for nursing. This is my checklist of all the breastfeeding supplies that I’ve ever needed.

the-ultimate-breastfeeding-gear and supplies-guide

1. Vitamin D drops – Most pediatricians recommend that you administer vitamin D drops to your baby if you are breastfeeding. They usually prescribe Enfamil D Vi Sol. Stay away from that crap. Use pure vitamin D drops instead. (You can read my review comparing the different brands here.)

2. Lanolin cream – If you are like 99.9% of the breastfeeding population, when you first start breastfeeding, it will feel like “someone” took the coarsest piece of sandpaper he/she could find and viciously went to work on your nipples. And by “someone,” I do mean your angelic, darling, newborn baby. You will need lanolin cream (a.k.a. wool grease).

3. Breastfeeding bra – For the first few weeks, when you are stuck at home, and basically breastfeeding 24/7, don’t bother wearing anything at all. However, once you are required to face humanity again, you’ll need a good breastfeeding bra. If at all possible, stay away from underwire when breastfeeding. The last thing you want is plugged ducts.

4. Nursing pads – Some women leaks and other don’t. You won’t know until you start breastfeeding the extent to which you might leak. But if you do leak a lot, you can’t go without nursing pads.

5. Breastfeeding top – You need to wear tops that allow easy access to the goods. You can buy tanks like these that are designed for that purpose. I bought a few when I was pregnant with Max. But, the second time around, I just wore a lot of low cut tanks.